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Shell outpaces peers with profit growth, keeps spending

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 08:07

By Ron Bousso and Dmitry Zhdannikov LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell has outpaced peers with a forecast-beating rise in quarterly profit and said it would spend heavily next year on key projects, even as oil majors prepare to weather the full impact of a sharp drop in oil prices. European peers BP , Total and Eni have all met or beaten analysts' forecasts in a third quarter that ended before the worst of the price fall -- but Shell saw the biggest increase. Oil prices have slumped over the past four months by more than 20 percent to a four-year low near $85 a barrel due to slowing global demand particularly in China and ample supplies, erasing billions from oil companies' market value. Benchmark Brent crude oil prices, however, averaged $103 a barrel in the third quarter.


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Merkel not acutely worried about Russian violations of airspace

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 08:05

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday she was not very concerned about sorties by Russian strategic bombers over the Atlantic and Black Sea and by its fighters over the Baltic which NATO said it had tracked on Wednesday. In the last few months, there had been a lot of activity in terms of Russian army exercises, said Merkel at a news conference with Slovenia's prime minister. NATO said its jets had intercepted four groups of Russian aircraft in about 24 hours since Tuesday and described it as an unusual burst of activity at a tense time in East-West relations over the Ukraine crisis.


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Hundreds of Iraqi tribesmen opposed to Islamic State found in mass graves

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 08:00
The bodies of 150 members of an Iraqi Sunni tribe which fought Islamic State have been found in a mass grave, security officials said on Thursday. Islamic State militants took the men from their villages to the city of Ramadi and killed them on Wednesday night and buried them, an official in a police operations centre and another security official told Reuters. In a separate case, witnesses said they found 70 corpses from the same Albu Nimr tribe near the town of Hit in the Sunni heartland Anbar province. Security officials there were not immediately available for comment.
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U.S. focuses on Islamic State targets near Kobani, Syria - U.S. Central Command

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 08:00
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. forces staged 10 air strikes on Islamic State targets near the Syrian city of Kobani since Wednesday, U.S. Central Command said. The raids in the Kobani area were among 12 in Syria by U.S. fighters and bombers. The Kobani strikes hit two small Islamic State units and destroyed seven fighting positions and five buildings, Central Command said. Strikes also damaged an Islamic State headquarters building near Dayr Az Zawr and a security building near Ar Raqqah. U.S. ...
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Pakistan province rewrites text books to satisfy Islamic conservatives

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 07:48

By Jibran Ahmad PESHAWAR Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani province is rewriting school books to make them more Islamic, inserting verses on jihad, removing pictures of unveiled women and changing material on recent history, officials said on Thursday. The public tussle over the changes mirrors a struggle for power at the heart of Pakistan's young democracy. School books commissioned by provincial governments have been frequently rewritten. Education official Bashir Hussain Shah told Reuters that the changes include reintroducing religious verses on jihad, a word that means holy struggle but is also often used by insurgents.


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Katanga : Rotary club plaide pour la vaccination de plus de 6000 enfants déplacés contre la polio

Digital Congo - 30 October, 2014 - 07:47
Afin de permettre à plus de 6 000 enfants des déplacés, en errance dans cette partie du Katanga, le Rotary club vient de plaider pour la vaccination contre la poliomyélite.
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La motion de défiance contre le ministre Kitebi invalidée à l’Assemblée nationale

Digital Congo - 30 October, 2014 - 07:47
Le ministre des Finances Patrice Kitebi échappe de justesse à la motion de défiance finalement invalidée que l’Assemblée nationale a menacé de prendre contre lui. La rétractation des initiateurs de cette motion le sauve et lui permet de filer en paix à Amsterdam dans la suite du Premier ministre au forum économique RDC - Pays-Bas
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Selon l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé, l’AVC est devenu un sérieux problème de santé

Digital Congo - 30 October, 2014 - 07:44
L’Organisation Mondiale de la santé (OMS), vient de signaler qu’il reconnait l’accident vasculaire cérébral est aujourd’hui un problème majeur de santé publique.
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A Amsterdam le Premier ministre Matata Matata Ponyo convie les investisseurs néerlandais à s’intéresser à la RDC

Digital Congo - 30 October, 2014 - 07:39
Pour sa mission officielle actuelle en Hollande dans le cadre du Forum économique RDC- Pays-Bas qu’il a même accepté de présider, le Premier ministre Matata Ponyo a lancé l’appel ci-après aux investisseurs néerlandais : « Venez faire gagner la RDC et vous gagnerez davantage »
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Hamburg file complaint against pitch invader

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 07:35
Hamburg SV have lodged a complaint against one of their supporters, who ran onto the pitch and attacked winger Franck Ribery in Wednesday's 3-1 German Cup loss to Bayern Munich. The fan, wearing a Hamburg top, stormed onto the pitch in second-half stoppage time, approached the Frenchman and slapped him in the face with a Hamburg scarf. "The club distances itself from the alleged 'HSV fan'," Hamburg said in a statement on Thursday.
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Soccer-Hamburg file complaint against pitch invader

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 07:30
Hamburg SV have lodged a complaint against one of their supporters, who ran onto the pitch and attacked winger Franck Ribery in Wednesday's 3-1 German Cup loss to Bayern Munich. The fan, wearing a Hamburg top, stormed onto the pitch in second-half stoppage time, approached the Frenchman and slapped him in the face with a Hamburg scarf. "The club distances itself from the alleged 'HSV fan'," Hamburg said in a statement on Thursday.
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Un avion s’écrase près de l’aéroport de Shabunda

Digital Congo - 30 October, 2014 - 07:27
Un avion cargo immatriculé 9Q-COT du type Let 410 de la compagnie Biega Air a crashé samedi 25 octobre à quelques minutes de son atterrissage à 2 km de la piste de l’aéroport de Shabunda au Sud-Kivu.
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L’Assemblée nationale vote le projet de loi portant modalités d’application des droits de la femme et la parité

Digital Congo - 30 October, 2014 - 07:26
Les question du Genre au centre des débats à l’Assemblée nationale qui a voté à sa plénière de mercredi le projet de loi sur les modalités d’application des droits de la femme et la parité en RDC
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Hong Kong's loud American defies pro-Beijing 'smear campaign'

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 07:14
By Greg Torode HONG KONG (Reuters) - China has often accused "foreign forces" of trying to destabilise free-wheeling Hong Kong during the current pro-democracy protests, with a garrulous expat American emerging as a key target of attack. Mark Simon, the right-hand man of pro-democracy newspaper magnate Jimmy Lai, has moved his family out of Hong Kong for safety and has been pressed to deny that he is a U.S. Large, loud and avowedly Republican, the 50-year-old has been portrayed across pro-Beijing media as a CIA agent - a charge also thrown at student protest leader Joshua Wong and an independent academic pollster, Robert Chung. He's also a proud Catholic - something that links him to Lai and many other prominent figures in the Hong Kong democracy struggle.
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Home Office minister: 'Genie is out the bottle' on drug reform

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 07:09

Westminster has finally reached a tipping point in the drug debate and radical change is now becoming possible, Norman Baker has said.


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German man charged with murder, membership of Syrian 'terror group'

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 07:06
A 27-year-old German man has been charged with membership of a "terrorist organisation", murder and incitement to murder during the Syrian conflict, the federal prosecutor's office said. The indictment against Harun P., who was extradited back to Germany in April, accused him of joining Junud al Sham, described as an Islamist group with several hundred fighters in Syria aiming to depose President Bashar al-Assad. Harun P. travelled to Syria at the end of September 2013 and became a member of the group, which trained and armed him, the prosecutor's statement said. He is also accused of trying to incite the group to murder a 16-year-old German girl in Syria, whose relatives were trying to retrieve her.
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Barclays sets aside 500 million pounds for FX fines as profits rise

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 07:06

By Steve Slater LONDON (Reuters) - Barclays Plc set aside 500 million pounds ($800 million) in the third quarter to cover potential fines for rigging currency markets, taking the shine off a rise in profits as its retail business performed well and costs were cut. The British bank on Thursday joined other big rivals in signalling that a settlement over alleged manipulation of the $5.3 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market is near with regulators in both the United Kingdom and the United States. The discussions are fluid and they are continuing," Barclays Finance Director Tushar Morzaria told reporters, declining to comment further. Barclays is one of six banks in talks with UK regulators to pay about 1.5 billion pounds in a group settlement, sources have said.


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Undercover French politicians sample "real life" for TV show

Yahoo - DRC - 30 October, 2014 - 07:01

By Alexandria Sage PARIS (Reuters) - Eight French politicians will disguise themselves as citizens struggling with real-world problems in a TV show aimed at narrowing the gap between France's often remote political elite and the public they are elected to serve. The eight politicians - now serving mandates ranging from parliamentarians and mayors to regional councillors - come from both the ruling Socialist Party and the rival conservative UMP. The group includes Thierry Mariani, a former junior minister under ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy, former parliament speaker Bernard Accoyer and Samia Ghali, an outspoken Socialist senator in the tough port city of Marseille.


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Livres : le Révérend Mbakadi communique à aux lecteurs la gloire de l’adoption dans son nouvel ouvrage

Digital Congo - 30 October, 2014 - 07:01
S’appuyant sur l’exemple d’Ephraïm, issu de l’union de Joseph et Asnath en Egypte, qui fut adopté par Jacob pour ne pas vivre la destinée que son grand-père Poti-Phéra, prêtre d’On, pouvait lui imposer, l’auteur du livre fait comprendre que l’adoption implique le repositionnement.
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Bientôt la pose de la première pierre du Musée National de Kinshasa

Digital Congo - 30 October, 2014 - 06:58
De passage à Kinshasa, une délégation d’experts sud-coréens dont le pays va financer la construction de ce haut lieu de la culture a échangé avec leurs homologues de l’Institut des Musées Nationaux du Congo (Imnc) sur les dispositions pratiques avant le début des travaux proprement dits.
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